Night Melody

Rival Consoles - Night Melody
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2016 Ratings: #447 / 877
User Score
Based on 28 ratings
2016 Ratings: #523
August 5, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Erased Tapes / Label
IDM, Microhouse / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Pitchfork
This an album of songs, not sounds; feelings, not ideas. It’s not easy to tell stories without words, but West has been working long and hard enough to hit that point where his wordless miniatures convey as much as some albums.
80
PopMatters
It’s a record about how the night is more than just an expanse of time to sleep through or drink away. Indeed, through West’s eyes, it’s much more: a richly populated terrain where life can be discovered, avowed, and confronted, even in the darkest of corners.
70
Exclaim!

On Night Melody, West has created a touchingly personal piece of art that feels more like an addendum to Howl than a jarringly new chapter in his musical journey. Here's hoping he brings this ethereal mindset into his next musical project.

70
AllMusic
This is undoubtedly music that feels like it was assembled by hand rather than generated or programmed, even though it's unmistakably electronic music.
70
Drowned in Sound
Recalibrating the machines. London-based producer Ryan Lee West aka Rival Consoles emerges from a long haul in isolation to dust off the rigmarole, revealing hidden truths of authenticity within opaque territory.
70
Mixmag

His sound has become richer and more complex than ever before, with airborne trance synths over deep bass, layered percussion rhythms and occasional washes of shoegaze guitar.

64
Resident Advisor

Night Melody sounds less like a batch of new musical ideas from London artist Ryan West than a direct continuation of last year's Howl, his third album for Erased Tapes. As such, the detailed, emotive electronica of artists like Jon Hopkins and Clark still looms over this six-track mini-album, and the mood of each piece sticks to a narrow range between quietly brooding and vaguely anthemic.

sonicyouth
67
I couldn't say that much stood out for me on this record, however, the outro track is quite a beauty.
holsgr
60
☆☆½ — satisfactory
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Track List

  1. Pattern of the North
  2. Johannesburg
  3. Slow Song
  4. Lone
  5. Night Melody
  6. What Sorrow
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Added on: July 2, 2016